Legislative Issues

Our commitment to racial justice - June 3rd, 2020

Upstate Forever envisions a future that is healthy, vibrant, and prosperous, that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations. That vision cannot become a reality for all who call the Upstate home while racial violence and systemic injustices exist in our communities and across the country. read more

Legislative Updates 2020: May 4-8 - May 11th, 2020

State Legislature will return on Tuesday to discuss the budget, future of Santee Cooper and, of course, COVID-19. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Conversations with Conservationists - March 24th, 2020

The South Carolina Conservation Coalition — a group of more than 40 organizations from across SC, including Upstate Forever — is hosting a series of free, weekly webinars. You'll have the opportunity to hear from our partner organizations about offshore drilling, land protection, advocacy, the State Water Plan, and more. read more

Seeking solace in uncertain times: How Upstate Forever is responding to COVID-19 - March 18th, 2020

Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices closed this week while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. Find the rest of our response to the developing COVID-19 situation here. read more

The need for increased conservation funding - February 25th, 2020

Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, made closing remarks at the 2020 ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon detailing the importance of increased funding for conservation, including plans for a new Upstate conservation initiative. read more

By Andrea Cooper

Legislative Updates 2020: Week 5 - February 17th, 2020

The long-awaited Santee Cooper report has finally been released, plus updates on other bills we are following. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Legislative Updates 2020: Week 4 - February 10th, 2020

It was a good week for wildlife at the South Carolina Statehouse. Learn more in this week's Legislative Update from Energy & State Policy Director Shelley Robbins. read more

By Shelley Robbins

The Upstate Update: January 2020 - January 22nd, 2020

In this month's Upstate Update, we reflect on 2019's successes, share Upstate Forever's 2020 advocacy priorities, invite you to join us for the ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon, and provide updates on Greenville and Spartanburg's comprehensive planning processes. read more

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